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Front cup holder inserts

I realized that my Thermos tumbler rattles in the front cup holder and that there isn't a rubber insert inside them.

I bought an 8 pack of silicone coasters from Amazon and cut them down to 2.5" diameter.

No more rattle.

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I must have the same Thermos tumbler, and I've been wanting to do something about the rattle. The most annoying part is that the rear seat cupholders are much nicer, and would hold my tumbler perfectly, except I never sit in the rear.

I don't understand how this works, though. The tumbler is narrower than the cupholder. Don't you need something to pad the sides of the cupholder, rather than just the bottom?
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I must have the same Thermos tumbler, and I've been wanting to do something about the rattle. The most annoying part is that the rear seat cupholders are much nicer, and would hold my tumbler perfectly, except I never sit in the rear.

I don't understand how this works, though. The tumbler is narrower than the cupholder. Don't you need something to pad the sides of the cupholder, rather than just the bottom?

Heres my tumbler:

https://www.amazon.com/Thermos-Stain...hermos+tumbler

The bottom of the tumbler is just metal. Previous tumblers had at least a rubber pad at the bottom.

The coasters are thick enough to prevent bottom of the tumbler from directly contacting the empty cup holder. I thought the width would be a problem too, but apparently not.

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Maybe the coaster is enough to fix the rattle, if not you can always try padding the sides a bit with some adhesive foam, but I'm not sure how hard they are to remove later down the road.
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Maybe the coaster is enough to fix the rattle, if not you can always try padding the sides a bit with some adhesive foam, but I'm not sure how hard they are to remove later down the road.
If you're concerned about the car you can always apply the foam to your trusty coffee cup instead.
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After a couple of days I figured out that if I centered the tumbler the sides don't touch the cup holder walls.

The rubber coaster keeps the bottom quiet and prevents it from moving off center which allows the sides to touch.

The cup holdr itself is too narrow for the complete rubber inserts like those in the rear cup holders.
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If you're concerned about the car you can always apply the foam to your trusty coffee cup instead.
Thanks Sean. I'm trying something similar - ordered some of those silicone sleeve things they make for holding hot coffee cups. May also put a circle of Contact grippy shelf liner on the bottom, based on tk's suggestion.

tk1971 - Surely, the cup must still hit the sides of the cupholder when you accelerate, decelerate, or turn? My cup looks narrower than yours, so perhaps that's the difference.
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Thankfully this won't pose much of an issue for me, I usually lay a microfiber over the cupholder opening, and then stick my beverage of whatever sort in and it seats snug. Even if it's something sealed, I don't take chances lol.
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If you're concerned about the car you can always apply the foam to your trusty coffee cup instead.
Thanks Sean. I'm trying something similar - ordered some of those silicone sleeve things they make for holding hot coffee cups. May also put a circle of Contact grippy shelf liner on the bottom, based on tk's suggestion.

tk1971 - Surely, the cup must still hit the sides of the cupholder when you accelerate, decelerate, or turn? My cup looks narrower than yours, so perhaps that's the difference.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Phil0909, my cup looks thicker and unless a hit a bump it no longer rattles.
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You guys are brave when it comes to having coffee in your vehicle, more often than not coffee cups leak in my vehicle and just make too much of a mess or have too much of a potential for it.

The only way coffee is coming into my car is as just beans to get rid of smells and for cheap
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